From its name alone, you can already tell that Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion is going to be an interesting offering. When you delve into the gameplay, that notion becomes even more abundant. You see, not only does Orc Attack have you killing people with noxious burps and farts, it also paints the Orcs as the victims in a surreal fantasy world that mixes huge axes, modern machinery and mummies.
It's strange to see a game where the Orcs aren't running around trying to maim people for no real reason. After all, though various high-profile entertainment properties, Orcs are consistently been painted as gruesome individuals that crave carnage. Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion shows things from a different perspective, one where the Orcs they've awoken to find their habitat ruined by greedy, irresponsible humans.
The main issue here, is that the Orcs' water supply has been tampered with and this has led to some unorthodox side effects. Still, since the Orcs are now fighting for their survival, it makes sense that they would try to use these enhanced bodily functions to their advantage.
To start off, you'll get to pick between four different Orcs. However, aside from having varied appearances, they are all exactly the same in how they play. This means they all have the same standard move set, which is comprised of normal attacks, heavy attacks and of course, the ability to burp and fart.
As you progress through the game, you'll unlock different combos you can use, as well as some special moves, but quite a lot of them are very much situation based. Your best tactic is often to just mash the standard attack while doing some crowd control, because if you start to get fancy, you can get overwhelmed quite quickly.
The main issue is that it's just all rather boring. As you go through levels, you'll be taking down hundreds of humans, but there's very little variety. Yes, you do get to experience different environments, which come with their own brand of enemies and occasionally unique challenges, but there's very little which helps the experience grow or expand. If anything, some of the challenges make the gameplay more tedious, such as mummies. They can't be hurt by normal attacks and if they leap on you, not only do your controls reverse, but you have to use some serious sixaxis motion controls to get them off. It wouldn't be so bad, apart from the fact that it needs quite a lot of shaking and as soon as you get them off, they can hop back on again.Then there's the pacing of the game. The Orcs move at a very slow pace and the only way to speed this up is a dodge roll that is far more complicated than it needed to be. If you interrupt a roll by performing a move or trying to do another dodge roll too soon, your Orc will just fall flat on his face. One mission comes to mind here from the start of the game, where you have to escort a blind Orc through enemy territory "“ something which isn't that easy due to your character's speed. Not only do you have to protect him from enemies and keep yourself alive, you also have to make sure you keep ahead of him so you can lower bridges. If you don't, he just walks into the river and drowns "“ lovely.
What's next? Oh yes, the camera that you can't control. It seems strange to have a hack and slash game of this nature where the camera is controlled for you, but that's what Orc Attack proposes. It means that if you ever need to back-track, you'll have to try and contend with a camera that really doesn't want to help.
At this point we've seen a lot of negatives about the game, but it's not all bad. For one, the experience is more enjoyable when playing with friends. There's support for four player co-operative action and with all the explosive farts and burning burps going on, it does create some genuinely low-brow laughter. Playing with friends also makes these bodily functions more potent, as you can combine the effects to create super farts and burps. At this point though, the game starts to get a little bit unbalanced.
Bosses also offer a change of pace, but they can be a little bit frustrating due to the aforementioned dodge roll mechanics and, for want of a better word, shoddy gameplay. Still, it's always interesting to beat up an angry snowman when waging war against humanity.
It should also be pointed out that the experience grows through the addition of the shop. Here you can buy different hats to help enhance aspects of your character, but you can also purchase instant revives and improved weaponry. These all change the visuals in-game too, which is a nice touch.
When it comes to the game's technical performance, it's not that great. The graphics aren't all that impressive and things don't get that much better when looking at the audio. Still, the different environments do offer a degree of personality and it is quite funny to see the different types of human solider bounding around and flying through the air.
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion certainly carves a name for itself, but it's more due to the cheap laughs than anything else. The gameplay isn't all that inspiring and there are some weird design decisions in there too. However, should your friends all love toilet humour, this game does have some merits as a co-operative experience.
|Good fun with four friends.|
|The bosses help to mix things up a bit.|
|The different hats you can wear.|
|You can't control the camera.|
|How dodge roll was implemented.|
|Single player is a real chore to get through.|